Facts and Myths Behind 10 Major Super Foods
Everyone knows that certain foods are healthier than other foods, but what foods will actually help you in your weight loss journey and what super myths aren’t actually slimming you down to that desired size?
Acai can be eaten raw or served as a juice but it has up to FOUR TIMES more antioxidants than non-berry fruits such as apples and bananas and TEN TIMES more than vegetables!
Not only can this help cleanse but acai can actually lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation. Now when it comes to weight loss, the research is lacking. There is no study that says acai can make you lose weight, but in saying this there is no hiding the fact that an acai berry is one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
Green Tea is a great way to detox your body as it is filled with endless amounts of antioxidants and vitamins. Green Tea can actually help you burn fat as it speeds up your metabolic rate which results in energy being burned when you’re not even exercising! It can also improve immunity to fight against colds and flus and rehydrates your body.
It can help lose weight by mellowing your appetite as we all know it is easy to mistake hunger for thirst and the rehydration helps your body’s ability to metabolize fat.
Salmon contains proteins that are essential for our cells, tissues, hormones and muscles. This protein from salmon is easily digestible and easily absorbed into the body and are a form of good fat (Omega-3) which plays a significant role in keeping you healthy.
Salmon increases the influence of insulin which leads to faster absorption of sugar and lowers your blood-sugar level.
Eating an avocado can actually provide the same energy boost as ‘pre-workout’ supplements but its natural!
An avocado has nearly 20 vitamins, phytonutrients and minerals that are essential for healthy weight management including fibre and 66% of your daily need for Vitamin K. Adding avocado to your leafy green salad will get you full and stabilize your blood sugar.
Kale helps you lose weight as by eating this you’re actually getting full but you’re not adding much calories and fat into your body in the process.
It also contains fibre that helps with your digestive system and the protein allows for strength training goals.
Broccoli is full of antioxidants and phytochemicals and even has more vitamin C than oranges!
The fibre helps with digestion and the flavonoids can benefit your heart. The calcium broccoli contains tied in with the Vitamin K helps keep bones healthy and strong and help you lose weight as it is high in dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals and low in calories and fat.
2 Kiwi Fruits has twice the amount of vitamin C than an orange, the fibre of a bowl of whole grain cereal and as much potassium as a banana and it’s less than 100 calories!
Kiwi is known as the ‘nutritional all-star’ as they carry so many healthy vitamins and minerals and a high level of magnesium.
Kiwi can’t burn fat but it will fill you up with few calories.
Nuts are packed full with healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and proteins which create a great source of energy.
For weight loss, the best nuts to stick to are Brazil Nuts, Walnuts, Almonds, Pistachios, Cashews and Pecans.
Chia seeds contain healthy omega-3 fat acid, protein, carbohydrates, calcium, fibre and antioxidants but studies show it does not cause weight loss, this myth comes from the chia’s ability to expand in your belly making you feel fuller.
Plain low-fat yogurt can be a healthy addition to a diet as it is not only low in calories but has beneficial nutrients and probiotics that boost health but some versions of low-fat yogurt may contain ingredients that are less nutritious and can be a secret calorie bomb.
Being careful with your yogurt selection is vital to create the healthy addition to your diet that gives you that full feeling without much intake and not many calories.
Losing weight is a big task and takes a lot of dedication and focus, these tips could be useful for your journey:
- Drink lots of water
- Eat your food slowly
- Eat mostly whole, unprocessed foods
- Avoid sugary drinks
By adding some of the superfoods into your day to day eating plans, you can FEEL your best AND perform at your OPTIMUM level.
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